The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program represents a partnership between state and local governments with the goal of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Major steps in the program include:
*Adopting the CSC pledge
*Creation of a municipal operations and community greenhouse gas inventory
*Development of a plan to reduce emissions (Climate Action Plan)
*Carrying out sustainable development projects
More information exists regarding the extent of CNY Energy Challenge's specific projects under the initiatives section of the website. The program is involved with a myriad of projects throughout the Central New York region.
The CDG provides the most technologically sophisticated solar (photovoltaic and thermal), wind and micro-hydro solutions to individuals, communities, companies and governments around the world. In addition, the organization of the CDG enables the best pricing for the entire project from start to finish, as well as the best pricing for solar, wind, micro-hydro and sustainable products for both home and industrial use. A predominant reason for their development was to make superior clean technology available to everyone.
EcoVillage at Ithaca is part of a growing global movement for a saner, more sustainable human culture. Comprising an intentional community and a non-profit educational organization, the project is developing an alternative model for suburban living which provides a satisfying, healthy, socially rich lifestyle, while minimizing ecological impacts.
EcoVillage currently includes two 30-home cohousing neighborhoods, FROG and SONG, with a third 40-home cohousing neighborhood, TREE, completed in 2015. The village is also home to an organic CSA vegetable farm, an organic CSA/U-Pick berry farm, office spaces for entrepreneurs, a neighborhood root cellar, community gardens, and meadows, ponds and woodlands. Over 80% of the 175 acre site is planned to remain green space, including 50 acres in a conservation easement held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Energy Independent Caroline is a collaborative effort between residents, Town Board, and other interested people to effectively use our natural resources to achieve energy independence from fossil fuels on a municipal & residential level. Their mission is to produce power for electricity, heat, and transportation from renewable resources. To accomplish this, they initiate renewable energy projects while educating Caroline residents about energy issues in order to build commitment to reducing energy consumption.